At The Mahurin Honors College, our mission is to help as many scholars as we possible Ascend Toward Excellence. The first question many scholars have is...
How Do I Go About Getting Scholarships at WKU?
The information below includes details about scholarships housed at Western Kentucky University and in The Mahurin Honors College.
Academic scholarships at Western Kentucky University are awarded through the Office of Student Financial Assistance. A wide variety of scholarships are available for first-time freshmen, current students and transfer students.
Should you have questions about Scholarships, the Office of Student Financial Assistance will be your main contact in receiving help (we in the MHC Office of course will help, but the Office of Student Financial Assistance will be the main/first point).
Eligibility & Application
Students with a minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA qualify for WKU’s Academic Merit Awards.
To be considered for an Academic Merit Award, students must have a complete application package on file. A complete application package includes the following:
- Applied AND admitted to WKU
- Submit official high school transcript*
- Submit Composite ACT or SAT scores (If aiming to receive the $8,000 tier)
We encourage all students to apply for additional opportunities at https://www.wku.edu/topdollar/, priority consideration is given to applicants who have applied by February 1 each year.
*NOTE: Students admitted to WKU based upon a self-reported GPA must submit an official high school transcript by August 1st. Estimated scholarship offers up to that point will be confirmed or appropriately adjusted to reflect the award level for which the student qualifies based upon the updated transcript. Scholarships estimated upon a self-reported GPA will not disburse to the student account until an official transcript is received.
Award & Notification
Academic Merit Awards range from $2,500 to $8,000 per academic year ($10,000-$32,000 over a four year period) as demonstrated in the chart below.
Students who qualify for an Academic Merit Award will be notified of their eligibility for this award shortly after being admitted to WKU.
Please note that your scholarship may be partially funded using foundation awards.
Academic Merit Awards require full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours each semester at WKU).
Scholarship awards are applied toward charges that exist on the student’s WKU account. Scholarships often disburse before the semester begins and always show as a credit on the bill, not to exceed the cost of attendance budget. In the event that total awards (grants, loans, scholarships) exceed total charges (tuition, fees, housing, meals, books), a refund will be issued to the student up to the cost of attendance according to the refund preference he/she selected at my.wku.edu. For more information about the refund process, please visit the Office of the Bursar's website.
Academic Merit Awards are automatically renewable with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (at the end of the spring semester). Students who fail to meet the renewal GPA of 2.5 can use the summer term to bring their GPA up to the required level.
Academic Merit Awards are renewable for up to 4 academic years of undergraduate study or until graduation, whichever occurs first.
*** The following information is directly from the Office of Student Financial Assistance, who is managing the Cherry Presidential Scholarship for the 2023-2024 academic year. The Mahurin Honors College is not involved in the selection process for this scholarship, and all questions for this scholarship should be directed to email@example.com.
Eligibility & Application
Students with a minimum 3.8 unweighted high school GPA and a minimum composite 29 ACT (1350 SAT) qualify to compete for WKU’s most prestigious scholarship, the Cherry Presidential Scholarship.
To be considered for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship, students must have a complete application package on file by December 1st, 2021. A complete application package includes the following:
Must be Applied AND admitted to WKU by December 1st
Official high school transcript received by December 1st
ACT or SAT scores received by December 1st
All students that submit the materials listed above by the deadline are eligible to compete for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship.
Below is a timeline for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship Process
Any applicant admitted to WKU with an unweighted High School GPA of a 3.8 or higher AND an ACT score of a composite 29+ is eligible to compete for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship.
All eligible candidates will be invited to attend a Cherry Presidential Interview Day.
Candidates will participate in interviews, informative sessions and optional campus tours as part of the Cherry Presidential Interview Day.
Winners of the Cherry Presidential Scholarship will be notified no later than January 30th.
Cherry Presidential Scholars Program - New for 2023
The Cherry Presidential Scholars will form a recognized academic community on campus, enhancing WKU while pursuing opportunities for personal and professional growth. The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will oversee the appointment of a Faculty Mentor for each cohort of Cherry Presidential Scholars. The mentor will serve as a resource for the Scholars in planning and executing an enrichment experience related to their studies or career aspirations.
- Research Projects
- International student exchange
- Community Engagement and Outreach
- Internships Serving as a mentor
Award & Notification
Those selected to receive the Cherry Presidential Scholarship will receive an annual award up to $16,000 ($64,000 over a four year period).
Cherry Presidential Scholarship recipients will be notified of their award no later than January 2023.
Students selected to receive the Cherry Presidential Scholarship as an upgrade in place of an Academic Merit Scholarship, may also be eligible for Targeted Awards and TOPDollar awards, up to Cost of Attendance. In the event a student’s total award package exceeds Cost of Attendance, the Cherry Presidential Scholarship award may be reduced.
The Cherry Presidential Scholarship requires full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours each semester at WKU).
Students not selected for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship will be awarded an $8,000 Academic Merit Scholarship. For additional scholarship opportunities, students are highly encouraged to complete the TopDollar scholarship application prior to February 1st.
Scholarship awards are applied toward charges that exist on the student’s WKU account. Scholarships often disburse before the semester begins and always show as a credit on the bill, not to exceed the cost of attendance budget.
In the event that total awards (grants, loans, scholarships) exceed total charges (tuition, fees, housing, meals, books), a refund will be issued to the student up to cost of attendance according to the refund preference he/she selected at my.wku.edu. For more information about the refund process, please visit the Office of the Bursar's website.
The Cherry Presidential Scholarship is automatically renewable with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (at the end of the spring semester). Students who fail to meet the renewal GPA of 3.0 can use the summer term to bring up their GPA to the required level to maintain the award at the original value.
The Cherry Presidential Scholarship is renewable for up to 4 consecutive academic years of undergraduate study or completion of a Bachelor's Degree, whichever occurs first.
Targeted Awards are given for each of the following areas:
- Kentucky Governor's Scholars
- Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts
- Kentucky Governor's School for Entrepreneurs
- National Merit & Achievement Semi-Finalists
- Rogers Scholars
- Cornelius A. Martin Scholarship
- Non-Resident Scholarship
- The Gatton Academy and Craft Academy Graduate Scholarship
To find out the individual award amounts and requirements for each of the areas listed above, please visit
In addition to the scholarships that are awarded by the University based on academic merit, there are numerous scholarships that are awarded by the College Heights Foundation through private funds established by alumni and friends, academic departments or programs throughout the University, or by community organizations and professional associations.
To be eligible for any of these awards, each scholar must submit their TOPDollar Scholarship Application annually by February 1.
The Mahurin Honors College is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within our student body. This scholarship is open to full-time, undergraduate students in the College who contribute to the diversity of the campus community through race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability/disability status, religion, geographic background, socioeconomic status (i.e. Pell Grant Eligible), family educational background (first-generation status), etc. Priority is given to those with demonstrated financial need.
This application can be found in the TOPDollar Scholarship Portal (mentioned above).
Deadline: February 1, 2023 (If you have found this after the deadline, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. While we cannot guarantee that funds are available, we do like to have a list of those who are in need in case the financial outlook changes.)
Only students who are in The Mahurin Honors College are eligible for this award. If you are wishing to apply to The Mahurin Honors College, visit www.wku.edu/honors/admissions/apply/index.php.
Enrollment and Brand Management
This page will introduce you to The Mahurin Honors College's Admission Process.
We would love to see you and your family on campus.
Eligibility requirements for those pursuing admission to The Mahurin Honors College.
This page details the sections of our application, including essay prompts and the involvement summary.
This page details the requirements for both current WKU students and transfer students wishing to apply to The Mahurin Honors College.
This page details some of the scholarships offered through The Mahurin Honors College as well as those at Western Kentucky University.
Further clarification is given on the fee for Honors, as well as some FAQ's related to the fee.
The HonorsToppers are the official ambassadors for The Mahurin Honors College. These students lead the VIP Visits for each prospective student/family.
This page will include all information relevant to our first-year orientation retreat, H4.